Boston United boss Dennis Greene labelled his defence ‘woeful’ following the Pilgrims’ 7-2 thumping at home to Oxford City last night.
Adi Yussuf and Kynan Isaac both bagged braces, while Jose Lapoujade, Javi Rodriguez and Tom Winters also got on the scoresheet.
Scott Garner netted both of the Pilgrims’ goals.
“We were woeful defensively, but I thought the scoreline flattered them,” Greene said.
“It seemed like every shot they had they scored from, and we probably had as many opportunities, and we never put it in.
“But it seemed like every time they broke away they scored. They counter-attacked well.”
United were forced to shuffle the pack, following left back Rene Steer suffering an ankle injury.
But Greene is refusing to use the late change to his starting XI as cause to deflect from the overall performance.
He added: “We just didn’t defend well enough, obviously we missed Rene Steer and had to juggle the back four - but still that’s no excuse for conceding seven goals.
“The defence haven’t done their job have they, you’ve got to shut the spaces down.
“Every goal hurts. But the scoreline misjudges the game.”
Victory could have seen Boston go top of the Vanarama North had they won last night.
Instead they dropped to fifth in the standings.
However, the United boss is backing his side to bounce back as they head off to Stockport County on Saturday.
“We had the chance of going top and we concede the first goal,” Greene continued.
“We get back in it and we concede two more. That hurts the most and ther players didn’t show enough desire to go top of this league.
“I’m sure I’ll get a good response on Saturday.
“That’s our eighth game and we’ll throw that one out the window and we’ll look forward to going and getting a result at Stockport.”